Sep 08 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $880,000 in grants to fire departments in Blenheim, Fort Mill, Greenville, Hardeeville, Roebuck, Society Hill, Summerton, Summerville, Swansea, Wagener, Ware Shoals and Windsor. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The grants are awarded in one of three program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
  • Fire Prevention Program: The funds may be used for public education, awareness, and fire code enforcement activities; fire inspector certifications; the purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems; wildland fire mitigation; and arson prevention and detection activities.
  • Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.
The grants awarded include: Blenheim Blenheim Fire Department will receive an $85,500 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Fort Mill Pleasant Valley Fire Department will receive a $49,320 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Greenville Belmont Fire and Sanitation District will receive a $137,849 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Hardeeville Levy Fire Department will receive a $63,653 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Roebuck Roebuck Fire Department will receive a $28,800 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Society Hill Harris Creek Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $20,723 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Summerton Summerton Fire Department will receive a $17,595 Fire Prevention Grant. Summerville Summerville Fire Department will receive a $144,090 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Swansea Jumper Station Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $14,838 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Wagener New Holland Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $195,651 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. Ware Shoals Ware Shoals Fire Department will receive a $66,150 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Windsor Windsor Fire Department will receive a $57,535 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

Sep 08 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will hold Academy Day 2004 this Saturday, September 11, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia. Academy Day allows high school students the opportunity to learn more about our nation’s prestigious service academies. Representatives from each service academy will provide brief presentations and attendees will be given the opportunity to meet with the representatives following the program. Representatives from Senator Graham’s office and the service academies will also be on hand to answer questions about the admissions and nominating process. Academy Day begins with registration at 10:00 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. The National Advocacy Center is located at 1620 Pendleton Street. Parking is available on surrounding streets as well as in the parking garage at the corner of Pickens and Pendleton streets. If you have additional questions or want to participate in Academy Day 2004, please contact Senator Graham’s Columbia office at (803) 933-0112 to reserve a spot. #####

Sep 07 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Allen University and Benedict College in Columbia, along with Claflin University in Orangeburg, will receive federal grants to expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs. The three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will each receive $550,000 to allow these institutions to become more involved in community development needs such as neighborhood revitalization, housing and economic development. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ####

Sep 07 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Horry County will receive an additional $1,106,053 to aid in the construction of a new terminal building at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Graham announced the original $3,529,276 grant in April 2004. The increase in funding will accommodate security enhancements including new security vehicles and fencing, and will aid in site preparation. “Air travel is very important to Myrtle Beach and the tourism economy,” said Graham. “People love visiting Myrtle Beach and the more convenient we can make it to get there, the better.” Earlier this year, Graham met with local elected officials, airline representatives, customs officials and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to push for more resources at the airport. Graham’s efforts helped Myrtle Beach secure its own TSA director instead of having to share one with Charleston. Before this change, Myrtle Beach was the only airport of its size in the state to be paired with another airport under the TSA. “I've been very impressed by the growth of air travel in Myrtle Beach,” said Graham “We must continue to build the necessary infrastructure to allow the airport to grow. There's no doubt in my mind that increased air travel will tremendously enhance economic opportunities in the Grand Strand.” Graham also pledged his assistance for the airport when it begins applying for designation as a port-of-entry, a distinction requiring the federal government to pay for customs handling. To qualify as a port-of-entry, the airport needs at least 15,000 international passengers annually. Myrtle Beach is expected to meet this designation later this year. ####

Sep 02 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $600,000 in grants to fire departments in Abbeville, Conway, Honea Path, Saint Matthews, and Whitmire. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The grants were awarded in one of two program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
  • Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.
The grants awarded include: Abbeville Antreville Volunteer Fire Department will receive an $82,832 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Cold Springs Volunteer Fire Department will receive an $81,162 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Conway Conway Fire Department will receive a $124,393 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Honea Path Craytonville Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $64,035 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Saint Matthews Fort Motte Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $166,336 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. Whitmire Whitmire Fire Department will receive an $88,810 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

Aug 26 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Charleston will receive a $225,000 grant to support the Weed and Seed program. Weed and Seed aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in ‘weeding out’ criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and ‘seeding’ brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. This is the fourth award for the Charleston program which serves four neighborhoods in the community. During this project period, program goals include reducing drug trafficking and illegal drug use, improving police relations and cooperation with residents, focusing on faith-based/community-based programs that target youth and provide positive alternatives to crime, and removing blight and deterioration in the area. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 24 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Oconee County will receive a $58,500 grant to conduct a runway safety area study at the Oconee County Regional Airport. The study will review a variety of alternatives to extend the existing runway and improve the safety area. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Aug 18 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $330,000 in grants to fire departments in Georgetown, Joanna, John’s Island, Port Royal, and Woodruff. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The grants were awarded in one of two program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
  • Fire Prevention Program: The funds may be used for public education, awareness, and fire code enforcement activities; fire inspector certifications; the purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems; wildland fire mitigation; and arson prevention and detection activities.
The grants awarded include: Georgetown Georgetown County will receive a $77,832 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Joanna Joanna Fire Department will receive an $117,283 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. John’s Island St. John’s Fire District will receive a $45,000 Fire Prevention Grant. Port Royal Town of Port Royal Fire Department will receive a $36,995 Fire Prevention Grant. Woodruff Woodruff Fire Department will receive a $53,505 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

Aug 13 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced North Charleston will receive a $225,000 grant to support the Weed and Seed program. Weed and Seed aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in ‘weeding out’ criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and ‘seeding’ brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. This is the fourth award for the North Charleston program which serves four neighborhoods in the community. During this project period, program goals include reducing drug and violent crime, improving police relations and cooperation with residents, providing more comprehensive services to residents through local safe havens, and improving the physical condition of the neighborhoods. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 13 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $370,000 in grants to fire departments in Abbeville, Aiken, Branchville, Iva, and Pauline. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The grants are awarded in one of three program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
  • Fire Prevention Program: The funds may be used for public education, awareness, and fire code enforcement activities; fire inspector certifications; the purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems; wildland fire mitigation; and arson prevention and detection activities.
  • Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.
The grants awarded include: Abbeville Abbeville County Fire Protection Service District will receive a $53,865 Fire Prevention Grant. Aiken Silver Bluff Fire Department will receive an $87,030 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. Branchville Hunter’s Chapel Fire Department will receive a $10,494 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Iva McGill Station 3B will receive a $147,011 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. Pauline Glenn Springs-Pauline Rural Fire District will receive a $71,887 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####